Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old education rights activist, was shot and injured while on her way to home from school in Mingora, a town in the Swat Valley region of northwest Pakistan.
As the first recipient of Pakistan’s National Peace Award for Youth Malala emerged as an unlikely champion of peace in the former Taliban stronghold of Swat.
The attack took place as the girls were leaving school after it closed early due to a protest by government employees. According to witnesses the gunman involved in the attack asked people in the area to point out Yousufzai and then fired at her car.
It is important to mention here that Yousufzai received several threats after she began to write about the atrocities and oppression of Taliban in a blog. Back in March, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan said that Malala and social worker Shad Begum were on the militants’ hit-list.
She used to write blogs for BBC Urdu under the pseudonym Gul Makai, which helped her gain international prominence. In her writings Malala encouraged her fellow students to continue their studies despite all threats; after all she was herself a victim of the ban imposed by Taliban on education for girls in 2008.
As soon as the event occurred, journalists and civil society of Pakistan used the platform of Twitter to express their anger and condemned such attacks.
Raza Rumi (@Razarumi) tweeted:
Butchers attack/shoot a 14-yr-old rights activist in #Pakistan advocating girls' education.Now appease them further.(we also jail 14yr olds)— Raza Rumi (@Razarumi) October 9, 2012
Another prominent columnist Kamran Shafi (@KamranShafi46) tweeted:
...butchers knife and hung her body upside down in the local square in Mingora...yet we capitulated to the beasts?— Kamran Shafi (@KamranShafi46) October 9, 2012
Rob Crilly (@robcrilly) Pakistan’s correspondent for The Telegraph tweeted:
RT @saeedshah: Malala Yousufzai stood up to horrors of the Pakistani Taliban, in Swat, before rest of the country had woken up to the danger— Rob Crilly (@robcrilly) October 9, 2012
Press Trust of India correspondent in Pakistan, Rezaul Hasan Laskar has just tweeted an update regarding Malala Yusufzai’s condition:
The incident serves a brutal reminder that if Pakistan does not take cohesive measures in destroying militant outfits in the country, they will continue with their atrocities. People like Malala and those like her, who have stood up for their rights and voiced their sane opinions, would be shot at again and again.